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Non-native-marine

Nonnative Marine Life

Read information about the nonnative species found in Florida and learn how you can help FWRI monitor the health of Florida's marine organisms.



Asian Green Mussels

The Asian green mussel (Perna viridis) was found in Tampa Bay in late 1999.

First-Known Lionfish Caught in Florida's Gulf Coast Waters

In October 2006, FWRI researchers received the first-known lionfish caught in Florida's Gulf coast waters.

FWC begins research study to help manage lionfish in the Florida Keys

Researchers target five habitat areas in the Florida Keys to assess lionfish populations to help develop a management plan for the invasive species.

Monitoring the Health of Florida's Marine Organisms

The Fish and Wildlife Health Group at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is concerned with the health status of Florida's marine and estuarine organisms.

Tiger Prawn Intrudes in Florida Waters

Report sightings of this nonnative shrimp to the Fish Kill Hotline.

Lionfish Harvest Data

View lionfish harvest data for commercial and aquarium trade from 2010-2014.

Lionfish Flickr Album

View photos and video of lionfish research from throughout the state of Florida.


FWC Facts:
More than 1,000 different species of fish populate Florida's inshore waters.

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